WHERE HOPE GROWS
SETS MAY 15, 2015 FOR NORTH AMERICAN THEATRICAL RELEASE THROUGH ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
2014 HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNNER STARS LEAD ACTOR WITH DOWN SYNDROME
FACEBOOK PAGE TOPS 200,000 LIKES
LOS ANGELES (February 12, 2015) – Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures announce the May 15, 2015 theatrical release of WHERE HOPE GROWS. Winner of the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award, the film already has a strong social media presence garnering over 200,000 Likes on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/WhereHopeGrows).
Roadside Attractions co-President Howard Cohen stated, “We are thrilled to be releasing the award-winning WHERE HOPE GROWS to the North American movie-going audience. It is a film with an uplifting spirit and performances that will touch your heart.”
“We are excited to be working with Roadside Attractions to bring this moving story of love and hope to the big screen. Audiences around the world will fall in love with David DeSanctis as he lights up the screen thanks to an exceptional director, cast and crew,” said producer Simran Singh.
WHERE HOPE GROWS is an inspiring story about Calvin Campbell (Kristoffer Polaha), a professional baseball player who was sent to an early retirement due to panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, Calvin sleepwalks through his days and copes with the challenge of raising his teenage daughter (McKaley Miller). As his life heads in a downward spiral, it is suddenly awakened and invigorated by the most unlikely person – Produce (David DeSanctis), a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store.
As Calvin slowly loses the chip on his shoulder, he begins to see the world through Produce’s eyes. Calvin’s life begins to regain purpose and meaning as their friendship develops. The unlikely pair become intertwined in a way that gives Calvin a renewed perspective on the future. But their friendship is put to the ultimate test when an unexpected tragedy occurs due to a single decision echoed from Calvin’s past. WHERE HOPE GROWS is a film about finding redemption through faith, hope and love.
WHERE HOPE GROWS stars Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer, North Shore), introduces David DeSantis and co-stars Billy Zabka (How I Met Your Mother, Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Baywatch), McKaley Miller (The Iceman, Hart of Dixie), Alan Powell (The Song) and Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, Dancing With The Stars). The film is written and directed by Chris Dowling and produced by Steve Bagheri, Simran Singh, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and Milan Chakraborty.
ABOUT ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
In just over a decade, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $200M and garnered thirteen Academy Award® nominations. Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as A Most Wanted Man, Dear White People, The Skeleton Twins, All Is Lost, Mud, Winter’s Bone, The Cove, Arbitrage, Margin Call and Super-Size Me. Its upcoming slate includes Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival; Yann Demange’s ’71 starring Jack O’Connell, currently nominated for two BAFTA® Awards; Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s Beyond the Reach starring Academy Award® winner Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine; and Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.
ABOUT GODSPEED PICTURES
Godspeed Pictures is a next generation film company formed by partners Steve Bagheri and Simran Singh, which is producing, acquiring, marketing and distributing various properties which focus on spreading hope and faith.